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CUE CRITIQUE: MIKE SIGEL

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Built by a legendary player, this cue leaves tradition at the wayside. Mike Sigel, one of the best pool players of all time, decided to take his knowledge and experience to cuemaking late in his playing career. This cue represents a clear departure from tradition. The base wood is cocobolo, which is inlaid with ivory points and solid gold dots on the butt. In a traditional cue, the short ivory points in the butt are complimented by long ivory points in the forearm. Sigel ignored this convention and placed even shorter ivory points in the forearm above the wrap, also inlaid with gold dots. Sigel played on the long-andshort point theme by reversing them, so they emanate from the joint. At first glance, the cocobolo appears oddly spliced with long points, an illusion supported by reversed points of curly satinwood.

DENO ANDREWS: I appreciate where Sigel was going with this cue. At the time, it was a serious departure from the norm, and I believe the risk paid off. The cue is fresh, interesting and thoughtprovoking. Sigel’s choice of materials and color scheme work. The rings don’t match the cue, and a brown leather wrap might look better. Not a monster, but close. DICK ABBOTT: This cue is somewhat a departure from the majority of Mike’s cues. The one design element prevalent in most cues is the point. How can you create another cue with points that’s as easily identifiable? Look at the photos, Sigel has succeeded. Nice cue, but not a monster. JIM STADUM: Being a great pool player doesn’t make one a great cuemaker (though it can help with marketing). The design is different — and I appreciate that. But I don’t think the cue flows. The rings don’t match the design. The ivory inlays above the wrap seem to be too short and fat and disproportionate. I’d rather watch Mike run racks than look at this cue. CONCLUSION: Sigel’s cue is a mere mortal. CueZilla.com offers expert critique of custom cues from the perspectives of the cuemaker, historian, collector and dealer. The goal is to determine whether or not a cue is a “monster.” V Visit CueZilla.com join the discussion.

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received permission, during the week of the U.S. Open, to keep the place open 24/7. “That’s the only difference, really,” said Dancel of the room’s round-the-clock operations during Open week. “That, and the amount of people here.” Dancel and Anthony D’Amico, from Baltimore, are in what’s known as the Green Room, with 23 tables and a small bar of its own. They propose a race to 3 for $20, which gets negotiated down to $10 before they start. It’s a scene being played out all over the place, especially in the invitation-only, dimly lit tournament room, where the pros and semi-pros negotiate for considerably higher sums. For Dave Carr, 63, whose name is among those adorning a sign just inside the front door listing QMaster Billiards’ Hall of Fame Club, the U.S. Open Week is an annual vacation. He lives locally, has been a part of Q-Master Billiards house leagues for years (which earned him his spot on the Hall of Fame board), and wouldn’t miss it. “I’ve always called it my Super Bowl,” he said. “The Super Bowl of pool.” Like Erickson and Godfrey, Carr thinks it’s great that you can stand shoulder to shoulder with the top pool players in the world in a unique room. “I’ve been to a number of places all over the country,” said Carr. “I’m so used to the niceties of QMaster Billiards that I take it for granted. I mean, you’re playing on the same tables that they play on at the Open.” “My goal is to make as many people as happy as possible,” said Behrman. “We aim to please.” Like the champions who’ve been and the champions to come, the aim and atmosphere of Q-Master Billiards is true, and as much a part of this premier event as the tournament itself. — Skip Maloney

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